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96 Ainsworth Street

96 Ainsworth Street

Number 96 is one of four mid terraced houses on the east side of Ainsworth Street.

1881 – 1891

Head of household in 1881 is Sarah Kitchener a 67-year-old from Bennington in Hertfordshire.  She works as a waiting room attendant for the Great Eastern Railway, which would have involved serving people and helping them at one of Cambridge stations many waiting rooms.

Sarah lives with her nephew William Erle Wheeler, a telegraphist for the GER and her niece Mary Ann Wheeler a music teacher.

In 1885 Mary Ann married William Moody and they had a daughter called Alice.  William died in 1887.

By the time of the 1891 Census Mary is recorded as head of household and she is now working as a waiting room attendant at the railway station.  Her daughter Alice is four years old.  Sarah is still living at number 96 and is aged 81.

Also living at the house was Sarah Page, aged 18, described as a General Servant, with ‘Dom’ meaning Domestic worker, written adjacent in another pen.

Sarah Kitchener died in 1892.  The 1901 Census shows Mary Ann and her daughter living with her mother-in-law in Basingstoke.

1901 – 1935

Head of Household is George Clayton Newman, a 43-year-old Guard on the Great Eastern Railway, originally from Bottisham, Cambridgeshire.  He is married to Jane (nee Brady) who was born in Beccles.  They have moved from 59 Ainsworth Street.

They now have four children.  Percy George Clayton is 12, Ada May is 10, Frank is 8 and Grace Victoria is 4.

In 1901 George’s mother Mary is living with them.  She is 82, widowed and also from Bottisham.

By 1911 Percy is a porter on the Great Eastern Railway, Frank is a cycle mechanic, Grace is a dressmaker.  Ada is boarding in Luton working as a straw hat machinist.

On the 8th April 1911, a few days after filling in the census, while working as a goods guard in Fordham, George crushes his right leg and bruises his thigh.  The report writes “The victim walked into the goods shed alongside the side of wagons which he was about to unload.  As he prepared to go up steps onto the platform, he was struck by the first wagon.” it further states, “The victim unnecessarily exposed himself to danger contrary to the Rules.”

Ada marries Horace Leopold Brown in 1912.

In 1913 George joined the National Union of Railwaymen.

Percy marries Rose Lillian Pottinger in 1915, he’s a railway passenger guard and they live in Essex.

Grace marries George Murfitt in 1924.

George and Jane remain at this property until their deaths. George died in 1930 and Jane in 1935.

Source: 1881, 1891, 1901 & 1911 census, Cambridgeshire Banns, Register of Railway Employee Injuries and Deaths, 1911-1915, Burial and Cremation Index, 1576-2014, Cambridgeshire, England, Electoral Registers, Burgess Rolls and Poll Books, 1722-1966, Trade Union Membership Registers, Cambridgeshire Baptisms


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